Arizona Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Arizona Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865
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Arizona, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Compiled Service Records
Record Group RG 109: War Department Collection of Confederate Records
Collection years 1862-1863
Microfilm Publication M318. Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers who Served in Organizations from the Territory of Arizona. 1 rolls.
National Archives Identifier 5869574348
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What is in This Collection?

This collection includes Confederate service records of soldiers who served in Herbert's Battalion from the Territory of Arizona.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Soldier's name
  • Dates of service
  • Age
  • Military unit
  • Military branch

Collection Content

The records include a jacket-envelope for each soldier, labeled with his name, his rank, and the unit in which he served. The jacket-envelope typically contains card abstracts of entries relating to the soldier as found in original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, Union prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, inspection reports; and the originals of any papers relating solely to the particular soldier. For each military unit the service records are arranged alphabetically by the soldier's surname. The Military Unit field may also display the surname range (A-G) as found on the microfilm. This collection is a part of RG 109, War Department Collection of Confederate Records and is National Archive Microfilm Publication M318. Index courtesy of Fold3. Service records were kept for each Confederate soldier. Those records, or their abstracts, were compiled into individual files. Each envelope/jacket contains information and cross references to original records relating to the soldier.

This index was created to provide quick access to compiled service records. The information in this index is quite reliable. However, keep in mind that even though this index is very accurate it still may contain inaccuracies, such as altered spellings or misinterpretations.

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of the soldier
  • The age of the soldier
  • The military unit in which the soldier serve
  • The residence of the soldier

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

  • Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the estimated age to calculate a birth date
  • Use the age and location of the military unit to find the soldier’s family in census, church, and land records
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well

Record Finder

Consult the Arizona Research Tips and Strategies and its Record Finder to search for other records

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Arizona Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. From "Compiled Service Records of Conferedate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the Territory of Arizona." Database. Fold3.com. http://www.fold3.com : n.d. Citing NARA microfilm publication M318. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1961.
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